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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


If you're stressed about paying for college, help may be closer than your think. In fact, it may be right around the corner at your local shopping center.  By working part-time at one of these well-known restaurant or retail chains, you can get a serious assist on paying your college tuition. 

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Everyone loves an employee discount, but mega-retailer Walmart is taking the concept to a whole new level. As part of their employee-benefits package, employees at Walmart and Sam's Club stores now have the opportunity to attend college for only $1 a day.

That includes ALL employees, whether they're part-time, full-time, or salaried. But that's not all. The store chain has also expanded the program to provide test-prep help for high school students, as well as other benefits to help them prepare for college. 

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Is it possible to go to college for only $250 a year? It is if you work for Chipotle. Even better: That benefit is available for both part-time and full-time staffers. 

You may be surprised to learn that Chipotle has one of the most-generous tuition reimbursement programs in the country right now for people who would like to earn their degree. The program allows benefits-eligible workers to earn their bachelor's or master's degree, their GED, or to study English as a second language. And get this: Some benefits are even open to staffers' family members. Let's dig into the details. 

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Are you planning on working part-time while going to college? Were you considering going to college online? Then you really should know about the Starbucks tuition reimbursement program, because it may be one of the very best in the country.

Why is that? Simple. You could go to college tuition-free. 

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Conventional wisdom says that taking classes on campus, tromping across the college green several times a day, and cramming in late-night study sessions in your dorm is the best way to earn a college degree. After all, that’s how people have done it for centuries.

But is online learning making the in-person college experience obsolete? While traditional college isn’t likely to disappear any time soon, there’s good evidence that online education has some significant advantages to the classroom experience—and some of them may surprise you.

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If you’re thinking about going to college online but you’re worried that you won’t be eligible for the same of type of financial aid that you’d get at a traditional school, rest easy.

Most accredited online colleges and universities accept the same federal financial aid as brick-and-mortar schools. That means that students at many online schools will generally be eligible for aid from FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. However, some online schools, such as Penn Foster, have a different type of accreditation and do not accept federal financial aid. 

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